You may already know that I am a chocolate fanatic. If I could choose one food to eat for the rest of my life, chocolate is near the top of the list. In fact, sweets of all kinds would probably be right up there. I especially crave sugar at night (side note: this is likely because I am tired, and my body is craving energy or sleep, which it mistakes for a craving for sugar). However, I realize that eating too much sugar right before bed inhibits my quality of sleep and makes me feel groggy and “hungover” the next day. If you’re in the same boat as me, I have a solution for you! My protein milkshake recipe is the secret to managing my sugar cravings!
I’ve been having my protein milkshake for several years now. It’s really the simplest recipe ever, so I’ve hesitated to make it a full blog post, but it’s definitely the most common request I get for blog posts! Ask, and you shall receive!
The basic recipe is this (see below for all my specific recommendations!):
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop protein powder
- Optional: flavorings
- 1.5 cups ice
- Enough water to get it moving (usually about ½ cup)
Put that all in a blender (honestly, I think a high quality blender makes a huge difference! Here is the Vitamix I have and love, blend away, and pour into a big cup. Toppings are optional, but highly recommended!
Which protein powder do you recommend?
- Active Stacks is by far my favorite for my protein milkshake. It’s a beef-based protein, is sweetened with stevia, and doesn’t have any scary additives. The texture is GREAT in protein smoothies! In case you couldn’t guess, I love the chocolate flavor.
- Vega Protein and Greens is my second favorite. I love the addition of the greens, and I like the vanilla flavor to mix things up.
- I also enjoy Orgain, Numedica, Skinny Gut, and Sunwarrior
Which flavorings do you add into your protein milkshake?
- For “Reese’s” flavored protein milkshake: add 1 scoop peanut flour (I use this one) + ½ teaspoon sea salt to chocolate protein powder
- For dark chocolate flavored protein milkshake: add 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (I use this one) to chocolate protein powder
- For a peppermint patty flavored protein milkshake: add 2 drops of peppermint essential oil or 5 drops of peppermint flavored stevia (like this one) + 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (I use this one) to chocolate protein powder
- For a great night’s sleep: add 1 scoop Organifi Gold (It’s expensive, but the blend of medicinal herbs and mushrooms help me sleep a ton, so it’s worth it to me! Buy it here) to vanilla protein milkshake
- For a warming protein milkshake: Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon or 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice to vanilla protein milkshake
- For a berry protein milkshake: Add ½ cup frozen berries to vanilla protein milkshake
Which non-dairy milk do you add to your protein milkshake?
Which toppings do you add to your protein milkshake?
Adding a little crunch makes the protein milkshake even MORE fun! I love these toppings, but feel free to be creative!
- Puffed rice
- Magic Spoon cereal (If you want to feel like a kid eating sweetened cereal, and you’re OK with dairy, this is the best!)
- Cacao nibs (for a chocolatey taste without the sugar!)
- Roasted Pecans (my husband literally picks pecans up off the sidewalks of Texas and roasts them, and they’re the best thing ever! Any nuts or unsweetened shredded coconut would work here)
- Coconut cool whip (For an extra treat, try CocoWhip)
- Frozen berries
Now it’s your turn … Do you have a sweet tooth? What is a healthy way that you manage it? If you try the protein milkshake, what is your favorite combination?